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The Lost Man

Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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The gripping new novel from the author of the Sunday Times top 10 best sellers The Dry and Force of Nature.

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron's mind when he was alive, he didn't look peaceful in death.

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart.

They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. 

Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects....

©2018 Jane Harper (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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Excellent story and perfectly narrated.

I thoroughly enjoyed this latest book from Jane Harper and think it’s actually her best yet, certainly better than Force of Nature. The story kept me guessing which is what a good thriller is all about. The narration was perfect with each person having a distinctive voice and I really felt the heat and the dust of outback Australia. Can’t wait for her next book.

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Addictive

This book, in some ways so simple, drew me in immediately and kept me interested. No need for a new murder every few pages, this is really well plotted with just the right amount of pace.

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The Perfect Book

I resented having to go to bed and sleep halfway through listening to this. What a terrific story. It gradually gathers pace, enlisting our sympathy and interest in a cast of well-developed and believable characters. There's just the right amount of the uncanny about this too: different versions of why someone is buried out in the middle of nowhere and the impact that remote grave is having on people still alive (in some cases, not for long, though). More effectively than just about any other contemporary author, Harper makes the landscape an active participant in the drama. And I don't know anyone better at describing the interplay of unhealthy family dynamics - especially between siblings. At times the tension felt both unbearable and irresistible - like watching the final five minutes of a crucial match. You will not want to miss this book.

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Evocative and moving

Jane Harper writes about life in remote parts of Australia wonderfully. She describes the procedures and the emotions so well, from the organisation of the essential foodstuffs, to the incredible loneliness, to the underlying and longstanding interpersonal problems. This book has been a joy to listen to.

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A trip to the Outback without actually going there

This extremely well written book is both suspenseful and adept at giving one the feeling of what it must be like living miles from anywhere in the harsh climate of the Australian Outback. You can hardly imagine why anyone would want to live there but then you get the perspective of characters who would not be anywhere else. Woven into the landscape is a story that you could hardly expect to take place in such a remote location. What can I say? Just "read it".

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Lost man

Listen to this. You will love it. Just as wonderful as her others. Another masterpiece

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Back on form

I loved the first book from this author, didn’t understand the hype over the second. This is back on form. A beautifully written story of a family and it’s relationships set in well described Australian outback heat.

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A great Audible book

I signed up because I wanted to listen to great audio books and this is a really good one. Another enthralling and atmospheric mystery from Jane Harper, and with like The Dry, superb narration... and there seems to be a subtle nod to The Dry in the story content... but maybe I miss heard?

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great plot, shame about the ‘said’

This really was a great book. a family drama really aboutt the past and how sometimes it can shape the present. Really well written apart from the fact that this author is obviously totally ingorant or stupid when it comes to wording the delivery of doalogue haviing only the word ‘said’ in ehr vocabulary. a common fault but n no less irritating for all that. The narration was very good. The book is short. I never checked to see if it was an abridged recording or not but I think it might have been since some chapters are missing.

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Brilliant read

I really enjoyed this book and listened late into the night on many occasions as it was so gripping I couldn’t stop. I felt completely transported to the Outback - the vastness, the loneliness and the beauty of landscape was perfectly evoked. The plot is expertly woven and the characters are utterly believable. I was sad when it ended as I felt I knew the Bright Family and their harsh Outback habitat, and wanted to continue observing their fascinating life. I would recommend it to all my friends.